WE’VE turned so many corners in recent years that we’ve often ended up going around in circles.
So I’m not jumping to conclusions now about the fact that we’ve put two very good wins together.
But the pleasing thing is the improvement in the mentality of this Liverpool side. And I just hope it is now a lasting improvement.
Three goals and cleans sheets against both QPR and Sunderland will do nicely – though we could and should have scored more.
But along with these smashing victories, the lads have displayed real steel as well as style.
Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard have been stand out performers. It was a joy for me to watch two world class players at the top of their game at Anfield on Wednesday night.
But I was also chuffed to see Suarez going beserk at his own team-mates when he wasn’t given the ball or when Sunderland briefly regained control of it.
Suarez behaves like a man possessed, driven to succeed and demanding the best not just of himself, but everyone around him.
He not only gets frustrated at himself at times but is also quick to let others in red know when they have made a mistake. Provided it’s done in the right spirit, I’ve got no problem at all with that stuff.
Players now can be a bit too respectful to each other. But there’s nothing wrong with a quick ding-dong or a gesture to a team-mate if it’s said and done with passion for the team – and for the right reasons.
So the signs of a much stronger mentality coming into the side pleased me as much as anything.
We’ll need to keep it up – and be on our guard, especially at Mansfield tomorrow in the FA Cup.
Giant killings tend to happen when bigger teams get sloppy and ease off. So we must be ruthless and impose our game on a non-league side who will be bang up for it.
But if we maintain this mentality against all comers now, we might just be on the right path at last.